During the early 20th century, the Boston Red Sox were the most dominant team in baseball. They had players like Cy Young, Duffy Lewis, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper and a young Babe Ruth.
The Sox had won five world championships.
But Babe Ruth was the Manny Ramirez/Barry Bonds of his generation. He was a partier, drinker and a clubhouse distraction.
Ruth knew his talent. He was the best hitter and best pitcher in baseball and demanded a pay raise and a contract of $20,000, double what he was making.
Boston owner, Harry Frazee, said no and Ruth abandoned the team on numerous occasions in 1919.
Frazee had to send Ruth on his way. He had two options, one, to send Ruth the the Chicago White Sox for $60,000 and 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson or to the New York Yankees for $125,000 plus other considerations.
The Yankees were a moribund team. Ruth was the answer for the struggling franchise.
The deal was made to New York. Frazee thought money was the only answer to a player of Ruth's caliber. Players would not be able to repay the Sox loss.
Ruth went on to guide the Yankees to seven world championships, two All Star appearances, the 1923 MVP and a Hall of Famer.
For his career, he hit an astounding .342, 714 home runs and 2,217 RBI. He was the greatest hitter for decades. Ruth ended up as one of the top five players of all time.
For the Sox, it was 86 years of misery. 'The Curse of the Bambino' was formed.
Let's face it, this was not about needing cash to fund Frazee's play, "No, No Nanette'. This was about a trouble-making star, who, wanted more money and created trouble. Sure, he deserved it and Frazee was wrong.
But is this different now?